We are getting into Hanoi airport at 7:40 (AM) and a potential cruise is leaving at 12:30 with a 12:15 start of boarding. Apparently there is a new toll road that brings the drive time down to 2.5 hours.
Provided we hire a private car with direct airport pick up would the following time line be realistic?
- Arrive 7:40 AM
- In the car by 8:40 AM (60 minutes for immigration, collect bags, customs and locating the driver)
- Arrive Halong Bay by 11:10 AM
That would gives us a one hour of buffer for delays, long lines, traffic issues, etc. This would be on a Sunday morning in January, so probably not the worst rush hour.
I'd appreciate any feedback especially from people have recently arrived in Hanoi on immigration/bags/custom speed and who have used the new toll road.